March 22, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford junior Nick Amuchastegui has been named the Stanford/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week after leading the Cardinal to a program-best 11th-place finish at the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships in Philadelphia, Pa.
Amuchastegui became just the second Cardinal wrestler to ever reach the finals at the NCAA Championships. He finished as the national runner-up at 174 pounds after posting a 4-1 record in the tournament. The Talent, Ore., native became the fourth Stanford wrestler to garner multiple All-America honors, joining Chris Horpel ('73, `75), Tanner Gardner ('06, '07, '08) and Josh Zupancic ('07, '08).
Additionally, Amuchastegui was one of three All-Americans for the Cardinal in 2011, marking the most All-Americans Stanford has produced in one season in the 95-year history of wrestling at the school. The junior ends the season with a 31-4 overall record, bringing his three-year career mark to 94-18.
He was also honored at the championships as the NCAA Elite 88 Award winner for the second straight season. The award is given out to the student-athlete at the NCAA Championships with the highest cumulative GPA. Amuchastegui holds a 3.98 in mechanical engineering at Stanford.
It is the first Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week honor for Amuchastegui and the first wrestling winner since Tanner Gardner won in March of 2008.
Also Nominated: Maya DiRado (women's swimming), Annika Dries (women's water polo), Ashley Morgan (women's gymnastics), Olivia Morgan (synchronized swimming), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (women's basketball), Oliver Toole (sailing).